Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Banish” as Want to Read:
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview


(Soul Retrievers)

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  133 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Alyssa has one week to destroy her enemy, save her spirit... and save her soul.

After her ex-boyfriend commits suicide and her mum’s alcoholism sparks yet another psychotic episode, seventeen-year-old Alyssa Wood flees her small hometown of Broadwater and heads to New York City to stay with her bohemian aunt — a Wicca High Priestess.

Alyssa revels in the anonymity of a big
Kindle Edition, 264 pages
Published May 26th 2015 (first published August 1st 2013)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Banish, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Banish

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.43  · 
Rating details
 ·  133 ratings  ·  43 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Banish
Ben Alderson
Jun 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just read this whole book in one sitting! it blew me away.

I love my witchcraft reads and this one built up perfectly but also stayed true to the original roots of Wicca as a religion and i loved that and the respect it showed!


If you love

Then this book is for you. IT WILL NOT DISAPPOINT!
Also L.J.Smith has reviewed it... so that proves its amazingness!
See more reviews at YA Midnight Reads

Thank you Harlequin Australia for sending me this copy. No compensation was given of taken to alter this review.

'A doll that looked remarkably like me. With a hangman's noose around it's neck.'

Despite the colourful mix of genres, Banish was not quite the entertaining read I was in search for. A little dark and light, mysterious and fun, the romance and movement of this novel was lacking. Admittedly, I skimmed the last half, maybe partially due to my headed-
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

Australian author Nicola Marsh is a bestselling romance author but this novel is her first foray into young adult fiction. Banish introduces seventeen year old Alyssa Wood who, after the deterioration of her home life and then the suicide of her ex boyfriend,Noah, has moved to New York to live with her aunt. Just as things seem to be coming together for Alyssa, with improved grades and a fledgling relationship with the gorgeous Ronan, her life begins to fall apart. It starts when she sees the bo
2.5 / 5 stars --

Overall, I enjoyed this read. It was a blend of the light and dark, humor and seriousness, death and letting go. If you’re a fan of the paranormal/ghosts, most likely you’ll enjoy this read, too.

It wasn’t what I quite expected it to me. Though a quick read – it took me some time to actually get into the story, and I’ll admit that I was a tad disappointed in it. When I see gorgeous covers like that, I generally have massively high expectations that aren’t often reached. I liked th
Tracey (Life and Literature)
I'd reached the first room, bare bar a fireplace, when I heard it.
The faintest squeak of a rubber sole hitting liquid behind me.
As if in slow motion, my head came up and I locked gazes with a killer.

Banish thrusts you right into the middle of the story from the very first page. The story starts in the present and then we go back a week in time and take the journey of how things came to be. And let me tell you, a whole lot happens in the space of that week.

Alyssa Wood has escaped the town of
Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
See this review and more on The Moonlight Library!

Alyssa Woods ran away from a small town, an alcoholic mother, and a town favourite ex-boyfriend who commit suicide because she dumped him. Joining her high priestess aunt in New York city, she shuns the Wicca lifestyle, preferring to remain a ‘mundane’. When her crush, hot saxophone player Ronan shows her a music video, she’s the only one to see the dead body – and she recognises the victim. She has a week to find out who – or what – is messing w
 Soph - Lock&Key
2.5 stars.

It was lighthearted and fast paced. That's not always a bad thing, however because of the constant flicker of new events and pages of information loaded in one big chunk at a time, I found myself very distanced from this book. The characters lacked depth because everything was rushed. The mystery did have clues, but again the author didn't take their time and build suspense, instead everything kind of just overloaded when the book was finishing and then just abruptly ended.

Now enough
Kristy (Book Nerd Reviews)
Banish is a wonderful mix of genres – YA, romance, mystery and thriller – and being Nicola Marsh’s first YA book (she has published many other novels), I have to say that I was extremely impressed with her ability to write YA characters, and her ability to understand the teenage mind – their thought process, their actions and reactions.

Banish follows Alyssa, who has recently moved to New York to live with her Aunty after her own mother’s alcoholism becomes too much to handle, and her ex-boyfrien
*I was provided with an electronic copy of this book from the author and HarlequinTEEN Australia in return of an honest review. No monetary compensation was provided in this exchange.*

Also found on Moonlight Gleam's Bookshelf.

Both residents and visitors of The Greatest City In The World often comment on it's anonymity; the city's constant buzz and activity allows for them to fade into the background within it's streets, to be able to escape from one's history and the mistakes that they have made
Jul 29, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
Banish is a murder mystery with a supernatural twist and a little bit of romance thrown in. Nicola Marsh presents a story that is fast paced and has you on the edge of your seat. Marsh kept me flipping the pages to see what new horror Alyssa would have to contend with next.

Banish is centred on Alyssa Wood and the events of her past. Alyssa has an interesting upbringing. She comes from a family who have Wiccan beliefs. Her mother and aunt are practicing witches. However Alyssa does not hold the
Just look at that cover – extremely eye-catching pink (have you seen my nails today?) with close-up of a gorgeous blond-blue-eyed chick. Yea, I am totally a sucker for pretty covers. I’ve not read any other of Nicola Marsh’s works though she seemed to be a prolific author; mostly adult romance novels which I rarely touch. This particular work in the YA / thriller / paranormal fits right within my comfort zone though so it was a snap decision to pick this up.

Alyssa came to New York to live with h
Novels On The Run
BOOK REVIEW by Michelle 26th July 2013:


This was a great start to this YA series. I am assuming it is a series with the lead in at the end of Banish for further instalments.

Alyssa Wood and Ronan are a great couple. In YA reads we are more often than not watching a couple get to know each other and a relationship happens over the course of the book. In this book, we kind of skip that part as they have known each other and the next step is more subtle as there is more goin
Michelle  novelsontherun
BOOK REVIEW by Michelle 26th July 2013:


This was a great start to this YA series. I am assuming it is a series with the lead in at the end of Banish for further instalments.

Alyssa Wood and Ronan are a great couple. In YA reads we are more often than not watching a couple get to know each other and a relationship happens over the course of the book. In this book, we kind of skip that part as they have known each other and the next step is more subtle as there is more goin
Jun 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Banish is Nicola Marsh's début YA novel, a who-done-it mystery combined with Wiccan supernatural elements that kept me engaged and amused throughout. I liked the novel a lot, and although I think the story is perfect on its own, wouldn't mind a follow-up book or two!

The YA aspect of the novel is handled very well, in my opinion, with the protagonist, Alyssa, painted as a mature, fiercely independent young woman who didn't have the best parental support growing up. Now living with her maternal au
Anika Claire
Alyssa’s boyfriend committed suicide just after she dumped him, and on top of her mum’s strange behaviour and alcoholism this is all just too much. She flees to New York City to live with her aunt, who is a Wicca High Priestess. She loves living in the city and she is settling in to her new school. She has even been asked out by the hot music tutor, Ronan. But something strange starts to happen to Alyssa – one of Ronan’s music clips contains footage of a murdered person at the end, and when thin ...more
Jennifer Meister
Jul 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Alyssa is not your typical 17 year old girl. Alyssa’s father deserted the family years ago, her mother is an alcoholic Wiccan, and her Aunt is the High Priestess of a witch’s’ coven. Alyssa’s Aunt Angie desperately wants Alyssa to follow the ways of the Wiccan, but Alyssa does not want any part of it. Aunt Angie and her sister, Aurora (Alyssa’s mother), believe in spirits, demons, possessions, and every other staple of the Wiccan faith. Alyssa thinks that these beliefs are just superstitions and
Paperback Princess
May 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Paperback Princess by: Harlequin Teen
Shelves: tour, arc, for-review
Banish by Nicola Marsh is a very refreshing read within the YA Paranormal genre. I personally felt that Banish is more a mystery, psychological thriller with a slight paranormal twist. Nicola wrote Banish very well, in that I didn't guess who the culprit was. The slow manifestation of clues was well timed, and the conclusion was definitely one of the story's strong points. Banish is a nail biting, page-turning experience and it's definitely a fantastic start to a much anticipated series. I'm so ...more
Jun 28, 2015 rated it liked it
What I liked: I liked the way the story weaved together with its magic and mystery aspects. While, yes, there is romance in the book it is not the central focus of the story and is more of a side to it than anything (which is good for this book because I really think it would have just taken away from the actual plot of the story instead of adding anything to it), allowing the mystery that Alyssa gets swept up into be the part that was ever lurking and something that I looked forward to finding ...more
Magick, wicca, spells and witches with suspense, mystery, angst and a splash of romance ... if that gets your toes tingling then I think you'll enjoy Banish.

17 year old Alyssa wasn't easy to like, well not for me anyway. Her attitude towards her mother and Aunt bugged me but I'm trying to give her a break ... knowing the mystery shrouding her family and the trauma in her life, her snakiness was understandable, but then again she's not a stranger to drama or unaware of her family's Wiccan belief
"But all logic's in he world didn't change facts.
And now this.
I didn't believe in magick.
I didn't believe in ghosts
So how the hell could I explain how
anonymous medium had connected my ex?"

I won this fantastic book of Goodreads Firstreads. It is one of my best books I have won and is on the top of my list of favourites. I loved the beautiful cover it really stood out. The story from beginning to end had me captivated, I don't normally like ghost stories but this one was written well and I lo
Jul 21, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Banish is the kind of book that while vaguely enjoyable at the time, will probably be forgotten before much time has passed. There isn't very many 'bad' aspects to this book, but it isn't particularly fast paced, and is mainly predictable. For example, at one point Alyssa discovers a list of things that will occur if you're being haunted by a dark spirit. Then the things happen, practically in the order described. I guess as well as that was which character was behind it all or whether it was su ...more
The front cover of the book one of the reviews written was "ten out of ten", I full heartedly believe this and I'll go one better saying it's 11/10 ! :)

I saw this book in a magazine that got reviewed and the cover drew me to it, when I read a bio on the book I was a little shocked that the book was about witches because I didn't think it was at all about that by the cover and then I considered not reading it as I don't like stories or witches. Luckly I actually did pick up the book at my librar
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Jun 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-galley
Banish is a young adult psychological thriller with a paranormal twist. Although slow to start, as the storyline unravels you'll find yourself increasingly skittish. It's intense and unpredictable, not to mention creepy and will keep you on the edge of your seat. Even being a young adult release, it scared me senseless in parts, definitely not one to read alone at night.

It felt unfinished, so I wonder if there will be a follow up to tie up lose ends. If th
Nov 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I knew it! I was right! I cannot express enough how happy I am Ronan was let of the hook! I could tell Seth was no good... Even knowing Tabitha had something to do with it and Massimo, even that I knew Noah would become a huge part in it, it all fit perfectly- well plotted. The start was a tad boring, most starts are I guess. I give it a four of five stars for Nicola Marsh! It would have been nice for Noah and Alyssa to get on good terms with each other, the whole 'I'm sorry'
Jul 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review to be posted on July 24
Jul 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaway-reads
Great storyline. Written so well its almost convinced me to believe
Oct 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was really addictive but it was a bit creepy. I really enjoyed it though.
I enjoyed this book.

I liked that throughout it, you weren't sure if what was happening was actually happening and that is quite a fun thing to discover.
Nailián Yamel
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing

If you love some creepy story, this is for you. Niccola does a great work. I didn't felt bored at all. This is my first witchy story and Im loving it !
Review to come 24th July 2013
« previous 1 next »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Pet Project (Bratz Totally Awesome Tales)
  • Bratz, Nautical Cool Cruise
  • The Complete Maus
  • Igraine the Brave
  • Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle, #1)
  • One True King (The School for Good and Evil: The Camelot Years, #3)
  • Evernight (Evernight, #1)
  • Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet
  • How to Grow a Family Tree
  • The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus, #5)
  • Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy, #5)
  • Burning Glass (Burning Glass, #1)
  • An Enchantment of Ravens
  • The School for Good and Evil (The School for Good and Evil, #1)
  • Zenith (The Androma Saga, #1)
  • Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods, #1)
  • The Power of Three (Charmed, #1)
  • The House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus, #4)
See similar books…
USA TODAY bestselling and award-winning Australian author Nicola Marsh writes feel-good fiction…with a twist.

She has published 70 books and sold over 8 million copies worldwide.

She currently writes contemporary romance for Penguin Random House Berkley USA, domestic suspense novels for Hachette UK's Bookouture, and rural romance for Harper Collins Australia's Mira imprint.

She's a Waldenbooks, Books

Other books in the series

Soul Retrievers (2 books)
  • Vanish

News & Interviews

Looking for a fictional meet-cute in the new year? We've got some steamy novels for you to snuggle up with, including Casey McQuiston's...
58 likes · 14 comments
No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »